New Website Coming Soon

All it takes is my previous website software to EOL (end of life) and an upgrade to Windows 10 (it destroyed my hard drive and my software, too) to send everything I’ve done into a tailspin. I love my website, too. But, I have no desire to spend another $125 in website software that operates via the cloud without any reassurance that I’ll even be able to salvage what I have. So sadly, it’s time to move on. Besides, the only thing I can do with my website right now

I’ve spent a good part of this weekend rebuilding my website using Weebly. I’m scared to death, too, because I’ve never used it before. I wanted to try something different and I didn’t want to change my host either. I like Bluehost. Unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t have a deal with Wix, which is currently hosting another website I have with my other writing alias. I’ve heard some good things about Weebly, so it wasn’t a far stretch for me to give them a try. Plus, if it’s point and click, I’m all over it. My time is precious, so I’d rather spend as less time as possible monkeying around with my website.

So far, I like the results. I especially like my new Bookshelf page. Also, there’s going to be a new addition. I’ve decided to try this thing called a newsletter, which I’ll be doing via MailChimp. Fingers crossed it goes well because for some reason the domain verification has been a beast.

Anyway, cross your fingers that all goes well because I’m hoping to unveil my new website very soon.

Blog Crickets

I’m in the process of revamping my website and I have a contact page that has hardly anything on it.  So, I thought it might be kinda cool to give people a glimpse into some of the places I think are cool, even though I haven’t been there in a while.  However, when I went to revisit some of those places, I realized, they hadn’t blogged or updated their websites in ages.  Because of that, they didn’t make my list.  A few of them did because I had just recently discovered them, even though they’ve sat stagnant for months.  When I update my website next month, there’s a chance that they might get replaced.

Nothing is more disappointing than to see one of your favorite group blogs go away.  It’s even more disappointing when one sticks around and nothing has happened in ages.  It’s time to close up shop at that point.  But that’s just me.

And don’t think for a second that I don’t understand because I do.  Authors get busy.  We have deadlines either self or contract-imposed.  In fact, that was why I left my last group blog.  Putting out my next book is paramount to my career and my number one priority in this business.  Let’s face it.  The best promo an author can do is get their next book out there.  That’s why I suck at blogging and make my best effort to put something out here every 7 to 10 days.

But when you go to a blog or website and find nothing except for cyber crickets, you have to wonder if anyone cares anymore.  It’s not a deal breaker for me, but it does make me sad.   😦  What makes me sadder is when there are more people on a group blog than there are days in the month and it’s been crickets for so long that you wonder if the blog has joined the ranks of the cyber dead.

What do you do when your favorite group blog seems to have died without a tombstone to make it official?

The Newest Addition to My Addition Fiction Shelf

For once, I’ve done a good job with staying off the internet this weekend, which really helped in terms of hammering out the beginning of Skinned.  I’m only two chapters into it, though I’ve rewritten, scrapped, and obliterated about ten thousand words.  That has brought me back down to a about five thousand that I’m sticking with.  I like the beginning of Skinned, more so because I’ve found my pace.

Also, I’ve decided to redo my website again.  What can I say?  I get bored so easy these days.  I have a preliminary site done, but I’m trying to decide how I want to layout my Books page, since I’m using a template.  It’s going to be a tad bumpy, but I’m working it out.  One thing you’ll notice right off the bat is the limited amount of pages.  I just don’t see the need for having so many.  Plus, it’s less to maintain and update, which works really well for me.  😉

Finally, there are very few books these days I’d call rave-worthy, let alone an entire series.  The funny thing is I don’t feel bad about reading the books out of order.  In fact, I think it’s more fun that way.  So what series am I to the point that I’d lick the words off the pages, if I knew that it would help me get through it faster?  I’m talking about Lydia Dare.  I’m not sure if there’s a name for it other than rave-worthy deliciousness.  So, I’m ranking the writing team of Tammy Faulkner and Jodi Pearson right up there with Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong.  And anyone who knows me and has been following my blog, knows their books are like crack for me.  Lydia Dare shall now, and forever, be deemed as reading coccaine and join my shelf of Addiction Fiction.  :mrgreen:

New Website, RWA, and Baby News!

Finally!  It’s up and running.  I’m talking about my new website.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Better yet, give that sucker a test drive. 

Though I like the work that Stonecreek Media did on my previous website, I needed a change.  Not to mention, the eyes aren’t what they used to be, so reading white fonts on a black background added to my daily eye strain.  The thunder and lightening grew tiresome, too.  It was almost as bad as having music start automatically when you open up a web page.  But I only have myself to blame because Stonecreek did exactly what I asked them to do.  Boy, have I learned my lesson.  🙂

I had my eye expert, Kathy Calarco look at the fonts and background for me to make sure it wouldn’t hurt anyone’s eyes.  Thanks to Dreamstime stock photos for helping me with a creepy looking banner that really accentuates my style.  And last but not least, a thank you to Coffee Cup Software…although I could’ve slapped the shit out of you people earlier this week because you don’t know the difference between a break tag <br> and a paragraph tag <p> when it comes to your text boxes.  What you see is NOT what you get if you’re testing out your website in various displays.  Thanks to you, you’ve made my job of maintaining my website harder, too.  😡  Good thing I know more than I want to about HTML code.

Of course, I can’t have a website change without changing up my My-hardly ever-use-Space page, too.  That’s here.  Nevertheless, I doubt the new layout will make me use it any more than usual. 

And as for some other stuff, I’ve decided to attend RWA Nationals in the cheap seats.  You know.  The ones in the bar/lobby where hundreds of authors, editors, and agents usually flock to anyway?  There’s nothing to stop me from hanging out at the hotel with my friends, so I’m going up there to meet up, have dinner, and probably tear up the town with them.  If everything goes nicely, I might never pay for another Nationals again.  I’ll just show up at the lobby of the hotels and hangout with other writers.  There’s no reason why I can’t be a business professional without it costing $475 a pop. 

Also, I case you haven’t heard me scream from the rafters yet, I’m having a baby GIRL:mrgreen:

So that’s if for now.  Check out my new website and let me know what you think.  Happy 4th of July everyone!